Student Engagement


Newsline, September 21, 2016

Build Your Leadership Skills!

Do you want to build up your leadership skills from the inside out? The Leaders Workshop Series will give you the opportunity to engage in activities and discussions that will help you establish your personal values, learn some tips and tricks on how to build an effective team and community, strategies for promoting yourself and your org, and planning events. 

Personal Values: Wednesday, October 5 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery 

Getting Involved: Tuesday, October 11 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery

Building a Common Purpose: Thursday, October 20 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery 

Empowering Others to Lead: Tuesday, October 25 | 6-8pm | MU Gallery 

The Leaders Workshop Series is FREE and open to all ISU students throughout the month of October. Sharpen your leadership skills and pre-register today! Questions? Contact

Go on an Alternative Spring Break Trip! 

If you're someone who is excited to devote a week of your college life to service, having a great time and forming lasting memories, then you're the perfect person to go on an Alternative Breaks trip! Enthusiastic students who are committed to volunteerism and service, and who are looking for ways to give back to the community during spring break should apply now. 

The competitive selection process includes an application and an interview. Spring Trip Applications are due by Friday, October 21.  Winter Trip Applications are due by Friday, September 23. Questions? Email

Host Your Next Event at the Lynn Fuhrer Lodge

The Lynn Fuhrer Lodge is available for reservations! This unique location set in the woods is the perfect spot for your club's all-day retreats or long meetings (reservations must be a minimum of three hours long). A fee was set starting September 1, 2016 to use the Lynn Fuhrer Lodge. The fee is $35 for Recognized Student Organizations, $100 for ISU Departments, and must be paid by ISU Intramural before reservations are confirmed. MORE.


Resources and Opportunities 

Emerging Leaders Retreat

FRI, OCT. 21 - SAT, OCT. 22

If you're a freshman, sophomore, junior or transfer student, you should attend the off-campus, overnight Emerging Leadership Retreat. It's a great chance to strengthen your leadership skills, connect with other student leaders and find your true potential. This retreat benefits those who want to become a leader on campus and in the community, as well as those who are already involved, but want to take the next step to become a student leader in Student Government, or of an org, residence hall, group, etc. Don't be shy... apply now! Spots are filling fast and registration may close soon!

Presidents Training

 As the president of your student org, you must partake in President's Training annually. You may either (1) attend the training session in the Memorial Union, which will occur in the month of September, or (2) complete the training online via a Training Module in the Student Org Database. If you choose to complete the training online, click on the President's Training link and login to the database. After you've logged on, click on the Training tab and review the material. Once you score 18/20 or better on the quiz, your annual requirement is complete! Presidents Training is recommended for all officers, but required for presidents.

Upcoming Training Sessions at the Memorial Union:

Monday, September 26, 2016 | 8pm - 9pm | Campanile Room

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 6pm - 7pm | Gallery

The President's Training certification is valid from September 1 - August 31 of each year. 

Your Club Can Take Part in National Sustainability Day

October 20, 2016 | South Library Lawn | 11am - 2pm | Register by Friday, October 7

National Campus Sustainability Day is an event hosted by The Green Umbrella student org, in partnership with the Live Green! Initiative and the Office of Sustainability, that celebrates commitment to and success in sustainability at ISU. If your student organization's mission, goals, practices and events support sustainability, then this event will offer you an opportunity to showcase your organization's efforts, market events and recruit new members and/or volunteers! Although environmental commitment is an important part of sustainability, National Campus Sustainability Day also celebrates sustainability through commitment to financial literacy and efficiency, as well as supporting and strengthening communities through projects and events that support volunteerism, food security, literacy, housing, etc. 

The Live Green! and Green Umbrella teams will provide display tables, take care of event marketing, and offer free prizes and refreshments for all attendee's, which was over 500 students last year! For more information, please email or 

Check Out the Student Org Marketplace!

The Student Organization Marketplace is an online tool where recognized student orgs at ISU are able to extend their business to the internet and more effectively reach the larger Iowa State community and beyond. You can use the Marketplace to sell event registrations, collect membership dues and receive non-charitable donations. By purchasing a product through the Student Org Marketplace, customers are directly supporting your organization! 

Want to know more? Email

Co-Sponsor ISU AfterDark

Are you interested in partnering with an org that provides students with fun and exciting late-night activities? Check out ISU AfterDark!

Upcoming dates: October 7 & November 4

For each of these events, we need co-sponsors to host different activities for the AfterDark attendees. These activities have included trivia, dancing, crafts, carnival games and Henna tattoos. You can be as creative as you would like, and we will pay up to 100% of the cost of your supplies. Plus, this is great exposure to over 2,000 students and helps recruit new members to your org! To co-sponsor an activity, please visit  and complete a Proposal Form.

Take Advantage of ACVB Grant Funding! 

Are you hosting an event or activity open to the general public? If so, the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Community Grant Program is here to help! The ACVB offers funds to public and private orgs who strive to create a positive perception of Ames and improve the quality of life for community members. 

If you meet the requirements, this may be the perfect opportunity for your student club/org to get the funding you need!

The 2017 deadline is Wednesday, October 12 at noonVisit the ACVB website for additional information and to download the grant application. 

Jumpstart Your Creativity! 

Boosting your audience, membership and programming is a win-win, but coming up with novel approaches and well-designed presentations takes work! Artist and educator dynamic duo, Sara Merritt & Letitia Kenemer, will show you how to functionally tap into a variety of creative resources that will keep good ideas flowing and drive great ideas forward. After the Jumpstart Your Creativity event, you will leave with tangible, usable resources that will benefit everyone from your board and staff to your volunteers and audience. Free of charge, the event is Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm in the Multicultural Center. Don't miss it!

Event Authorization Reminder

If your org is planning an event that includes guests, members of other orgs, is open to the Iowa State Community or individuals from other universities, you need to have your even authorized. You can review the event authorization system training in the student org database. Once you pass the quiz, email to be added to the system. Fill out an Online Event Authorization Form and submit it online at least ten class days prior to the date of the event. Your event may require more time to be authorized depending on the details of your program, so please start this process as soon as you begin planning. 

Have other questions? Check out the Event Authorization FAQ page first, and if you have additional questions, please email

Apply to be a 2017 Cyclone Aide!

What is a Cyclone Aide, you ask? Cyclone Aides are undergraduate student leaders who are employed to facilitate Orientation and Destination Iowa State throughout the year. As an Aide, you would serve as a leader by providing new students with an introduction to campus and its resources, provide campus and residence hall tours, prepare students for academic advising appointments, serve on information panels, and share information about Iowa State with new students and their family members. Cyclone Aides coordinate the Destination Iowa State program by helping with the selection and supervision of team leaders, planning activities and implementing the event. Additionally, Cyclone Aides assist with campus visits and student recruitment throughout the year and serve as an integral part of the Office of New Student Programs. Not only is the Cyclone Aide position a great way to grow leadership skills, it is also great form of student employment. Questions? Contact Tori Wheeler at or (515) 294-6660. Apply now!

Looking for Ways to Promote Your Next Event?

If you're advertising for an event or your org in general, there are several marketing resources available to recognize student orgs through the Memorial Union and across campus. Most are free, but a few have associated fees, so check out the complete list and 2016 pricing on our Student Organization Marketing Resources page. Please note that the flyer count has been reduced to a quantity of 285. You should also check out the Memorial Union Rooms and Capacities Worksheet for this year's information and service fees.

Visit the Leadership and Service Center

Are you new to the student org scene? Does your org have a long-standing tradition here at Iowa State? Check out the Leadership and Service Center to see how we can help your organization grow, brainstorm marketing ideas for your next big event, assist with officer transitions, and revamp your constitution! Visit or swing by the center - located in East SOS - for more information. 

© 2023 Student Engagement. All rights reserved.